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May 30, 2020 4:51 PM CST
Good day. I planted my tomatos and eggplants about 10 days ago, and they already have small holes on the leaves. I guess it's some insects. Please, need your advice and how to save my plants?
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 31, 2020 3:56 AM CST
Keep the bugs washed off with the water hose and add some mulch to help keep the bugs off your plants. You can use some neem spray but be sure to spray on top and bottom of the leaves. You want to cover all exposed soil in the garden with mulch to keep the moisture in the ground and the soil temps lower.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
May 31, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Thanks for your reply, good idea with neem oil, will do it! Does it look like flee Beatle or not?
North Richland Hills, TX (Zone 8a)
May 31, 2020 9:56 PM CST
Yes, they are flea beetles. I have the same problem but I do not have full solution yet. They are just keep coming. I may need to spray the whole yard. Flea beetles are at work constantly and too many to tackle. I also noticed cucumber beetles on eggplants, they spend more time in new growth area. I used neem oil for flea beetles but 3 days later they come back. I used spinosad, somewhat helping but not a full solution for flea beetles.I do not really want to use non organic solution, but I guess I will have to. I will try Sevin since egpplants are too huge for me to give up.
May 31, 2020 10:08 PM CST
Thanks for your reply, now at least I know what to google. I found a recipe with rubbing alcohol, water, and liquid soap. Will try it as well. Good luck with your fighting and safe your plants!

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